By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Columbia Pictures
Way back in February we alerted our readers to the first script review for Casino Royale that claimed the story was 'Almost Perfect' (here). It turns out we shouldn't have got overly excited, as the latest script review is not so optimistic.
Casino Royale Script Review
The good people over at AICN have recently taken a long, hard look through the screenplay of Casino Royale and finished it off with some mixed impressions.
Before reading this script, I wasn’t sure what to think about this project. I found the notion of a Bond reboot compelling, not entirely necessary – and potentially very dangerous. Beginning the franchise anew brings with it so much baggage, and so many expectations, the undertaking seemed both an inconceivable and thankless job.
Having read the script, I’m still not sure what to think. Many of its elements are quite successful, but they're not enough to overshadow what doesn't work. If I had to guess, I’d say “this reboot” was ill-advised. In the hands of an artist, perhaps it could work. But CASINO ROYALE is directed by Martin Campbell (GOLDENEYE, the ZORRO movies), who I find a capable…but rarely inspired…filmmaker.
Since we have been supporting Daniel Craig as the next Bond since the beginning this latest report does come in as bad news. On the other hand, this is a Bond that has been receiving tons of media attention -- attention that should push the crew and Columbia Pictures to get all the elements right.
Check out the latest script review for Casino Royale over at AICN.